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I have looked longingly at the picture above everyday since balloons dropped from the ceiling at Madison Square Garden to close out LCD Soundsystem‘s last live show. What a night.

But the death of LCD did not mean the death of James Murphy, of course, who now at just a shade over 42 recently caught up with Pitchfork to talk about the last 10 months and what’s in store for the future. Find a link past the jump.

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Coming to a venue near you!

Well let’s not get ahead of ourselves. James Murphy started the record label DFA. The Brooklyn band Holy Ghost! is part of his label and recently put out a song featuring a chorus sung by the yacht rock hall of famer Michael McDonald.

To be clear, there is no Yacht Rock Hall of Fame. But if there was one, it would be on a boat in the San Francisco Bay. Sailor hats and gin sodas would be provided upon entry. It would be awesome.

Anyway, a heads up for you all: Holy Ghost! is going on their first headlining tour in the US and will likely be making a stop in your neighborhood. I’ve been a fan of these guys since they came out with their first single “Hold On” and saw them when they toured with Chromeo in Fall 2010. Take a listen to the single I referenced above and check out their tour dates at the links below.

Listen and download the song with Mike McDonald for free here.

Tour dates here:

From the BIS Website

James Murphy has a long and storied relationship with Tim Sweeney of Beats In Space. From what I can tell Murphy first made an appearance on the NYU radio show back in May 2002 and has appeared another five times since, most recently on August 16, 2011.

One thing you’ll notice after listening to a few of the playlists is that the two are more than just acquaintances. They seem like pretty good friends, teasing one another and rarely, if ever taking anything seriously.

I get the impression that this is also the way James approaches his mixing: casually. Sometimes the beats don’t match, sometimes there is an abrupt cut to another track and sometimes he even talks and mumbles over the song while it’s playing.

One thing he never takes casually, however, is the selection of music. Murphy always surfaces some of the deepest and best disco around.

Listen to the latest mix here: